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History Of The Irish Potato

A radio documentary On The History And Sociological Impact Of The Potato. (February 1984)

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History Of The Irish Potato

Produced and presented by John Skehan.

Contributors: Theodora Fitzgibbon, Dr Paddy Logan, Martin J Kelly, Harry Keogh (Foras Talúntais, Carlow), Joan Dillon (Potato-taster), Joan Aherne (IFA Potato Growers Group).

February 18 1984

SUMMARY: Raleigh's 'sweet potato' from South America, the 'Irish' Potato from Virginia…Myths about the Potato…folk cures (e.g. warts), importance of potato in Ireland from 17th century esp. by 1800…

Arthur Young's praise of the potato diet of the irish, famines of 1845 and 1847 not unexpected…government was aware of problems (1845), some areas unaffected, Leitrim planting methods…

ways of cooking potatoes, boxty, tatie-hokers in Scotland, whole families involved…

Potato Research - testing new strains, regional tastes (e.g., U.K.) testing potatoes, no good grading yet in Ireland, standards not enforced, diminishing importance of potato.

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